The Cortez Journal encourages people to submit announcements about upcoming events for the Community Calendar. Send announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Items submitted at least two weeks in advance will have a better chance of getting published; items submitted several days before the event might not get published. For more information, call the Journal at 565-8527.
July theme for Cortez Library Storytime is Craving Sleep
Craving Sleep is the July theme of Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, located at 202 N. Park St. Storytime is held every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for preschool-aged children. Older children are welcome to join in for the craft at 11:15 a.m. on Fridays. The Saturday Storytime is held, weather permitting, at the Cortez Farmers Market on the corner of Elm and Main St. All days of any particular week will follow the same theme except on Thursdays and Saturdays there will be no craft. Counting Sheep will be presented on Thursday, July 19, Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21. Hush Little Baby will wrap up the month on Thursday, July 26, Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28.
For more information, contact the library at 565-8117.
Dance, Dive-In Movie for kids at outdoor pool
The City of Cortez and the Cortez Police Department invites middle school and elementary students to the free Dive-In Movie on Thursday, July 19 at the Cortez outdoor swimming pool. First, there will be music at the pool from 6 to 8 p.m. where you can dance or just hang out with your friends; next, the Dive-In Movie will start at 8:30 and go to 10 p.m. Watch a movie on a huge screen from the cool comfort of the pool bring floaties, air mattresses, pool chairs, inner tubes, or whatever floats. Since it gets cooler at night, attendees are urged to bring an extra towel or some clothes. This is a DARE-sponsored event.
Democratic Party to hold Get Together Potluck Fundraiser
The Montezuma County Democratic Party will have a Get Together Potluck Fundraiser on Thursday, July 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cliffrose Nursery, 27885 Hwy. 160, Cortez. A minimum $10 donation is suggested. All interested persons are welcome to attend and questions can be addressed to Ric at 565-8994.
Anger Management classes
CARS/TRC will offer a 12-week Anger Management class starting on Thursday, July 19. Classes are two hours per week. Learn the roots of your anger, learn skills to manage your feelings, learn how to prevent outbursts and improve your relationships. CARS/TRC is at 35 N. Ash St. in Cortez. Effective July 1, CARS new name is The Recovery Center: A Behavioral Health Organization (TRC). Call 565-4109 to set up an intake appointment.
Cortez Library July computer classes
The Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., will offer a series of computer training classes in July. All classes start at 1 p.m. On Thursday, July 19, a basic Word class will be taught, and on Friday, July 27, a class on the various aspects of finding a job on the Internet will be held. All classes must be signed up for ahead of time, as space is limited. Sign up by calling the library at 565-8117 or by stopping by.
A Night Out fundraiser for Bridge Emergency Shelter
A Night Out, Friday, July 20, is the Bridge Emergency Shelters summer fundraising event. This is the day and/or night to eat out for the shelter! There are 35 restaurants in Cortez, Dolores, and Mancos who are participating in our event this year by donating a percentage of their sales that day to the Bridge. Free t-shirts are available for 100 folks who eat out! Go as a group of friends, co-workers, or family. Eat out for the shelter on July 20! To see which restaurants are participating, look for our posters around town, or call the Bridge at 565-9808 or Karen at 570-0038.
Fierce Grace will screen at Conscious Movie Night
The Center of Light presents Fierce Grace at Conscious Movie Night on Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at the Sophia Peace Center, 19581 Road 31 (in Dolores turn left on 11th at the Riverside Gas Station, go 1.8 miles. Look for the large sign with the dove, on the left). Fierce Grace documents Ram Dass remaking his life since suffering from a stroke. While the illness might have broken others, it provided Dass with a new passion: using an unexpected, uninvited challenge as a tool for spiritual transformation, and using what he learns to help others face issues of aging, death and dying. This event is free, and all are welcome. Donations are accepted and will support the Seva Foundation. Seva is a sanskrit word meaning service to others. Since 1978, Seva has been a leading innovator in building partnerships that deliver cost-effective, culturally informed health service for some of the worlds most vulnerable including women, children and indigenous peoples. To RSVP or for more information, contact Rev. Meira Leonard at 882-2123 or RevMeira@CentersOfLight.org.
Masonic Youth Car Wash fundraiser
The Masonic Youth will hold a car wash fundraiser on Saturday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on North Ash St., across from the fire station. Funds raised will help Bethel 42 of Jobs Daughters International to attend the Grand Session in Denver. The group assists hearing impaired kids in Colorado. For more information, call Halene West at 565-3279.
Ethical Issues in Advanced Illness training
Hospice of Montezuma and Life Quality Institute will sponsor a training conference Ethical Issues in Advanced Illness from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31 at the Cortez Conference Center, 2121 E. Main St. Attendees should register by Friday, July 20. The cost is $35 for breakfast, lunch and training. Topics will include: Raising Your Ethical Antennae; Getting the most out of the Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment; and Palliative Sedation: Extreme Symptom Management or Veiled Assisted Death?
For more information or to register, contact Hospice of Montezuma at email@example.com or 565-4400.
Vanishing Breed to perform at Hollywoods Earl benefit
On Saturday, July 21, The Hollywood Bar and Grill, 417 Central Ave., Dolores, will host a benefit for our friend Dan Earls, who was injured in a construction accident. We will have a buffet, silent auction and live music from Hollywood favorites, Vanishing Breed. Music begins at 8 p.m. All proceeds will go to help Dan with medical bills from several surgeries. Join the fun for a good cause! For more information, call the Hollywood at 882-9998.
Promises of the Master and Commander Vacation Bible School
Arriola Bible Church will offer Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Monday, July 23 to Friday, July 27. Our VBS is called Promises of the Master and Commander, Arriola Bible Church is located at 15998 Rd. 22 in Dolores, on the corner of Road S and Hwy. 491. For more information, call 882-4047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/setsail.
Bug Zone Transformed by our Big God Vacation Bible School
Montelores Baptist Church will hold its Vacation Bible School the week of Monday through Friday, July 23-27 from 9 a.m. until noon each day. All ages of children are invited to join us for a week of Bible lessons, crafts, music, and games. The theme this year is Bug Zone Transformed by our Big God! Montelores Baptist Church is located at 18735 Rd. 23.5 (off Hwy. 184 and across from Narriguinnep Reservoir). For more information, call the church office at 882-2418.
Free 6-week Intro to Meditation & Christian Mysticism
The Center of Light presents Intro to Meditation & Christian Mysticism starting on Monday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sophia Peace Center, 19581 Road 31 in Dolores turn left on 11th at the Riverside Gas Station, go 1.8 miles. Look for the large sign with the dove, on the left. This is a powerful 6-week introductory course designed for modern mystics. Classes will include teachings on the Inner Spiritual Path, Meditation, Soul, Light, Prayer, and Blessing. Time will be spent teaching the principles of meditation that will allow you to move deeper than the body, beyond thinking and emotions and into the reality of Gods peace and presence within. This course is free, and all are welcome. To RSVP or for more information, contact Rev Meira Leonard at 882-2123 or RevMeira@CentersOfLight.org.
For Pets Sake Humane Society Summer Wine Festival
For Pets Sake will hold its fifth annual Summer Wine Festival from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at Cliffrose High Desert Gardens just east of Cortez on Highway 160. The evening will include wines and a few choice beers provided by Smittys Liquors, yummy appetizers, solo piano by Lee Bartley, and a Silent Auction featuring items and gift certificates from your favorite businesses, restaurants, artists, and vacation destinations. Tickets are $25 each or two for $40, and are available before the event at Cliffrose Gardens and at the door. All proceeds benefit the cats and dogs of Montezuma and Dolores Counties. For more information, call 565-PETS.
Rev It Up! Vacation Bible School
Lighthouse Baptist Church will hold its Rev It Up! Vacation Bible School on Monday, July 30 through Friday, Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at 11502 Hwy. 145, Cortez. This is for kids age 4 years to 6th grade, and parents are also welcome. There will be awesome games, delicious snacks, hilarious puppets, exciting bible lessons, and unbelievable prizes. Bring along a bible, a friend, and a great attitude! Parents should call now to preregister children or for more information; call Debbie McHenry at 565-2054 or Asst. Pastor, Josh Tanner, at 565-9302.
Chimney Choir plays the Dolores River Brewery
The band Chimney Choir has recently returned from a European tour and will be playing a handful of Colorado mountain towns this summer. See them perform at Dolores River Brewery, 100 N. 4th St., on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. Chimney Choir skillfully interweaves genres resulting in a folk meets world music sound, steeped in psychedelia. All multi-instrumentalists, writers and singers, Kevin Larkin, David Rynhart and Kris Drickey change instruments (sometimes within a song) and sing in three-part harmony while balancing field recordings and computer synths with traditional acoustic instrumentation. In February, the trio released a new album ladder recorded live in front of a small audience inside of a pipe organ chapel. To learn more about them, check out www.chimneychoir.com. For more information about the show, call the Brewery at 882-4677.
Cortez Library August computer classes
The Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., will offer a series of computer training classes in August. All classes start at 1 p.m. On Thursday, Aug. 2, a class on Internet Maps and Google Earth will be held. On Friday, Aug. 10, the Southwest Colorado Workforce Center staff will teach computer classes on various aspects of finding a job on the Internet, including: registering with the Workforce Center; updating your Workforce registration; conducting job searches statewide; applying for unemployment insurance; resume preparation; and searching for State applications. On Thursday, Aug. 30, an Incredibly Basic Computer Skills class will be taught. This is our beginning class. If you have little or no computer skills, this is the class for you! All classes must be signed up for ahead of time, as space is limited. Sign up by calling the library at 565-8117 or by stopping by.
Be a crew member at Cortez Hot Air Balloon Rendezvous
The Cortez Hot Air Balloon Rendezvous will take place at 6:30 a.m. on Friday through Sunday, Aug. 3-5, at Parque de Vida. Participating hot air balloons will be in Cortez from New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. This event is known as small-town flying at its best! This is a family event, so plan to bring along your kids and become crew for a hot air balloon it is really a lot of fun. Be sure to wear tennis shoes and bring gloves, then get ready for a great experience. When the organizer, Cookie See, asks for crew, just step forward, and you will be assigned to a balloon. Balloon sponsors are welcome as well; contact Cookie to learn how your business can be a part of the Rendezvous. For more information or to be a sponsor, call Cookie at 505-977-2679.
Noted Buddhist teacher, author to speak
Noted Buddhist teacher and international best-selling author Lama Surya Das will speak in Durango on Saturday, August 4 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. The event from 6 to 9 p.m. includes book signing and sales as well as a silent auction and Lama Suryas presentation on Buddha Standard Time, which is the title of his latest book. Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $18 for students. They may be purchased at the Community Concert Hall box office at 8th and Main St. in Durango, by phone at 247-7657, or at durangoconcerts.com.
Masonic Youth Car Wash fundraiser
The Masonic Youth will hold a car wash fundraiser on Sunday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on North Ash St., across from the fire station. Funds raised will help Bethel 42 of Jobs Daughters International to attend the Grand Session in Denver. The group assists hearing impaired kids in Colorado. For more information, call Halene West at 565-3279.
Summer Enrichment Programs at Medicine Horse
Medicine Horse Equine Therapy Center are holding their final Summer Enrichment Program of this season. Kids ages 7 through 12 will learn about horses and how to take care of them, learn how to ride bareback, do art projects, make horse treats and just have fun with horses. The advanced skills camp runs from Monday through Friday, Aug. 6-10. Camps go from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $120 and space is limited to six kids. For more information, contact Lynne at 533-7403 or email@example.com.
Stray Birds trio will perform in Dolores
The Stray Birds will performing on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Dolores River Brewery, 100 S. 4th St., in Dolores. Drawing upon the richness of American folk music traditions, the signature power of The Stray Birds sound lies in outstanding songwriting that soars in three-part harmony. The Stray Birds are a trio with captivating chemistry and sensitive musicality. From bustling street corners to silent halls, their performances speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs. For more information, contact the Brewery at 882-4677.
Final class of Marketing for Smarties business series
The third class of the Marketing for Smarties Series will take place at the Welcome Center in Cortez, 928 E. Main St., on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Classes are from 1 to 5 p.m. This third installment of the 3-part series breaks marketing down into a step-by-step process, and helps to resolve a lot of the problems many small businesses encounter when trying to effectively promote their products and services. Recommended for new and existing businesses. The cost is $149, and scholarships for attending are available. Contact Lynn Asano at 247-7009 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information. You may also register online at www.coloradosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=170320037.
Childrens Kiva Open House, registration week
Join The Childrens Kiva Montessori School for our Fall Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at 1204 E. Empire St. in Cortez. There will be refreshments and door prizes! Registration week for the 2012-13 preschool and kindergarten school year is Monday through Saturday, Aug. 20-25. Tuition assistance is available. Check us out at www.childrenskiva.org or call 565-8586 for more information.